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Infant responsiveness, alertness, haemoglobin and growth in rural Sidama, Ethiopia.
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PMID:  22233352     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Several recent studies have supported relations between infant behaviour (alertness and responsiveness) and nutrition in addition to investigating infant behaviour within the context of changes in iron status over time. Existing research is typically limited to the investigation of the effects of a single vitamin or mineral, and no studies have been found that examined the influence that early alertness and responsiveness have on growth in early infancy, despite the fact that relations between behaviour and nutritional status may be bidirectional. The current study used a sample of Ethiopian infants and investigated anthropometrics, haemoglobin, the frequency of alertness and the frequency of responsiveness at 6 and 9 months of age. Six-month weight-for-age predicted 9-month frequency of alertness, while 6-month haemoglobin predicted 9-month frequency of responsiveness. Compared with responsive infants, non-responsive infants at 6 months remained more non-responsive at 9 months, although weight-for-age for both groups converged at 9 months. Results support relations between nutrition and behaviour (alertness and responsiveness) and provide evidence of a potentially useful tool (the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery) that was adapted to evaluate these relations in Ethiopia.
Authors:
Nicki L Aubuchon-Endsley; Stephanie L Grant; David G Thomas; Tay S Kennedy; Getenesh Berhanu; Barbara J Stoecker; Laura Hubbs-Tait; K Michael Hambidge
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1740-8709     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA Institute of Nutrition, Food Science, and Technologies, Hawassa University, Awassa, Ethiopia Department of Human Development & Family Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado, USA.
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